May 16, 2017 City Council awarded a design-build contract to ARB Structures of Lake Forest, for the Civic Center Parking Deck Project in the amount of $7.6 million. The parking deck would include 308 parking stalls, an elevator, three flights of stairs, and infrastructure capable of installing photovoltaic (solar) panels in the future. ARB will have 290 calendar days to design and construct the project, which is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.
April 18, 2017 City Council received an update regarding the project including the Groundbreaking Ceremony date set for May 12, 2017, rough grading activities, and construction of the parking garage. Council approved a $2.44 million construction contract for Phase I Civic Center Grading with Sukut Construction. This phase begins in May and is expected to be completed by August 2017. In addition, Council approved the process to involve the senior community to help name their future Senior Center. 
March 21, 2017 City Council approved the Design Development phase which refines the Schematic Design by focusing on the details (e.g. materials, building systems) to help the public understand how the Civic Center will function and visualize what the Civic Center will look like. This allows Carrier Johnson to prepare Construction Documents. Council also discussed the architectural exterior and interior design, final dais configuration, and LEED Certification. 
Week of February 1, 2017 The first major physical activity on the Civic Center site is the "Brush Crush," to prepare the site for grading. The Brush Crush is designed to lower the chances that Gnat Catchers will find suitable nesting areas, which, if nesting, would delay the grading activities at the site. The Gnat Catchers is a protected species that generally starts nesting in mid-February. This process should take approximately two weeks.